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Sep 13, 2012 6:00am EDT
collins, grassley and myself which is s-300, to require agencies to adopt better and who controls over the charge cards, the purchase cards. gsa, as you well know, mr. tangherlini, is the agency that negotiates the contracts with a major credit card companies for the charge cards that federal employees use. so obviously we would hope that gsa would see itself as having a special responsibility for being a good steward of charge cards, and that's why it was insulted injury when we learn that in region nine, the deputy was arrested in 2010, and pleaded guilty for embezzling taxpayer money for personal use on items such as luxury hotels, meals, and spot treatments. so my question is this. one of the things that was interesting to me that i learn in your responses to the question that senator collins and i posed in our letters was that urban very few disciplinary actions at gsa for purchase card abuse in the last five years. only one action in 2007, one in 2008, and none at all for years 2009-2011. maybe that's because there's no purchase card abuse. on the other hand, when we see som
Sep 19, 2012 7:30am EDT
their homes, the value of their homes are down, their 401(k)s are down. a lot of fear out there right now. what we need is a robust economy to get people getting interested in getting strong again with regard to making sure their futures are assured. >> when the labor movement faced epic struggles in wisconsin and ohio, you joined with the afl-cio and its member unions around what you called the labor table. what did that experience tell you about the need for one labor federation and a coordinated campaign for all organized labor? >> we're very proud of what we did at the labor table, basically, some of the things i was talking about. on the war on workers with regard to ohio, wisconsin, indiana, michigan, we formed labor tables where all of us pooled our money to, basically, put good people on the ground in every state to fight these battles. in other words, it wasn't just the teamsters doing their thing or the seiu. we pooled our resources into one idea, and it really worked well. um, and we're not ready to go back, and we don't intend to go back. but we're going to continue
Sep 28, 2012 6:00am EDT
projects, s and t is leading efforts to develop and deploy more secure internet protocols to protect consumers and industry internet users. and because each member of the public plays an important role in cybersecurity, we sponsor the stop, think, connect campaign. this is a year-round national public awareness effort designed to engage and challenge americans to join the effort to practice and promote safe online practices. we want good cyber habits to be as ingrained and as familiar as putting on your seat belt. so if you're not already a friend of stop, think, connect -- the stop, think, connect campaign, i encourage you to join today. and in just a few days, we will kick off national cybersecurity awareness month which is an opportunity each october to emphasize the culture of shared responsibility necessary to maintain a safe, secure and resilient cyber environment. finally, we must work internationally because the cyber domain does not respect traditional national boundaries. and attacks can and do emanate from any place around the globe. last may the united states released a n
Sep 26, 2012 7:30am EDT
in virginia. what we need to do, in my view s repeal and replace obamacare. that will save over a trillion dollars in spending, and that's harmful for business. i think we ought to cut out and look at places where there's redun can she in government -- redundancy in government. i think we ought to embrace the ideas that'll come from federal government employees and reward them with bonuses for cost-saving ideas. and the long-term solution is not these band-aids, but a balanced budget amendment. now, tim is on the side -- he said in the last debate that this was the right thing to do. now he comes up with a plan, he says. well, tim, i'd ask you on your plan, have you done a credible analysis of the impact on jobs in this country op your plan? if so, who did the analysis and what did it show? >> moderator: go ahead, governor kaine. kaine: i do have a plan, and the plan is a compromise, and it's specific unlike anything i just heard in the last 90 seconds. we've got to deal with a trillion dollars in potential sequester -- >> [inaudible] kaine: let's do three things. george allen vot
Sep 21, 2012 6:00am EDT
's. it's hard to imagine any other federal investment not being jeopardized by such draconian cuts. and that is why president reagan -- president reagan's former economic advisor said about this ryan budget plan, "the ryan plan is a monstrosity." the reagan economic advisor. ronald reagan's economic advisor said "the ryan plan is a monstrosity. the rich would receive huge tax cuts while the social safety net would be shredded to pay for them. it is less of a wish list than a fairy tale, you utterly disconnd from the real world, backed up by make-believe numbers and unreasonable assumptions." if that's what ronald reagan's economic advisor thought about it, think what regular people might think about it. ryan's plan isn't even an act of courage. it's just pandering to the tea party. but that is what is being held hostage on this sequester. mr. president, i hope when the election season is over, no matter who wins, that republicans will work with us without insisting on a monstrosity, without insisting on the end of medicare, on a balanced and reasonable plan to reduce the deficit. w
Sep 12, 2012 2:00am EDT
creative excuse-making, a process known as the neutralization deviance. in the 1950's, two sociologists studied juvenile delinquents to find out why they do the bad things they do. they discovered that the delinquents often realized that the laws they routinely break are correct and necessary. but they develop sophisticated rationale to excuse their own mischief. the researchers named five neutralization techniques that delinquent used to explain away their behavior and to protect themselves from guilt and self blame. the justifications are -- denial of responsibility. in this scenario, the delinquent believes that is deviant acts are the result of outside forces beyond his control, such as overbearing parents, for high school teachers, and so on. it is not his fault. it is their fault. the nile of injury -- hear the delinquent believes that nobody is really hurt by his misbehavior. so what is the harm? denial of the victim -- the delinquent believes that come even if other people are being hurt by his deviant behavior, they somehow deserve it. they were asking for it. fourth, condemnat
Sep 27, 2012 6:00am EDT
.'s for their medicare coverage. where did that idea come from? >> it came from us. i mean, i'm the person who put in the memo but i didn't have to fight very hard for it. also, i ran into this comp something iran and the "washington post," i call them mega fasces and i was -- [inaudible] for being insensitive in which a guess i probably am. but this is another thing where everybody knows to be true, and someone has to pay for it. i'm not saying you should bankrupt people who are too heavy but there should be penalties. i mean, i'm not really a democrat but i'm certainly a democrat compared to them, but you have to be responsible sometimes for your personal behavior. someone has got to pay for it. >> and we should point out also that we are not the only ones making arguments like this. there have been these other bipartisan commissions and so forth to a task force that was said about alice rivlin and pete domenici, democrat and our republican. also said that with regard to medicare we need to do something about the obese and smokers and also had a proposal which was more complicated
Sep 7, 2012 6:00am EDT
predecessors used to say that we often refer to the secretary-general as s. in chief. it stands for a scapegoat. >> so you're the world's a scapegoat in chief spent exactly. there is a scapegoat function of the u.n., but member states in an immediate have to be very careful not to dump on us so much that we won't even be useful as an alibi. >> more with former u.n. secretary-general kofi annan interviewed by bbc america on afterwards saturday at 10 p.m., and sunday at 9 p.m. and midnight eastern on booktv. >> what are you reading this summer? booktv wants to know. >> i've got three books rolling right now. one is by robert caro, which is about the kind of competition and interaction between president kennedy and lyndon johnson, andrew from lyndon johnson's vantage point. and pretty interesting kind of hard-nosed politicians, both publicly and behind the scenes, jockeying for position throughout the primary election of 1960, events throughout the convention which is very, very interesting. the other book is the social conquests of earth by edward o. wilson which is basically how our sp
Sep 14, 2012 6:00am EDT
morning, the headline reads that now moody's might join the s&p as downgrading the united states good credit ratings. excellent credit ratings. both of those project serious threats to the united states. one, how do we continued our diplomatic efforts, our military and economic efforts abroad to export, to engage the world, to explain american values, and make sure our people are safe overseas. and, to come how do we protect that great credit rating of made in the u.s.a. i am an optimist. i believe that we can achieve these outcomes. the cairo book that many people are reading this past summer talks about great leadership, but it also quotes walter lippman and james reston talking about the worst congress they have ever seen in terms of the gridlock. and we overcame that. just as i am optimistic we will overcome gridlock on capitol hill that we see today. two ways around that are great leadership, bipartisan leadership, democrats and republicans working together as they did 15 years ago for a balanced budget in 1997. and secondly, with tweets, with blogs, with social media, the americ
Sep 6, 2012 6:00am EDT
. [applause] >> i have two questions s. is there any chance that boomsday might become a movie? just on the expenses of health care and caring for the elderly, and this one really dovetailed into it. i can't wait to get into it. >> a number of my books are in what is called development hell. [laughter] .. looking good in that one. he absolutely dispized that row. he formulated hemmingway's ruling when dealing with hollywood. it goes like this, you take the man script of this book and the trunk of the car, and you drive up to the california line state line and you stop, and contain your commune throw your manuscript after they throw the money at you. and you drive back east. it's probably a pretty good rule. i think four or five of them are -- three years ago my agent called me in the great state of excitement. are you sitting down? i said yes. i have the most amazing news. i said yeah? she said "charlie's throne" is officially attached to lawrence of arabia. i said yeah? she's attached to the project. i said, what does that mean that stapled her to the script? [laughter] and you will have n
Sep 22, 2012 2:00am EDT
proceed to the immediate consideration of calendar number 526, s. res. 466. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 526, s. res. 466, calling for the release from prison of former prime minister of the ukraine. the presiding officer: is there an objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection, so ordered. mr. pryor: i further ask that the durbin amendment k4 is at the desk be agreed -- amendment which is at the desk be agreed to, the committee-reported substitute amendment be agreed to, and the senate immediately proceed to a voice vote on adoption of the resolution as amended. the presiding officer: without objection. all those in favor say yea. those opposed say no. the ayes appear to have it. the aye haves it. the bill -- the ayes have it. the bill is passed -- the measure is passed. mr. pryor: i further ask that the committee-reported amendment to the preamble be agreed to, the preamble as amended be agreed to, the motions to reconsider be b considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate, and that any sta
Sep 20, 2012 2:00am EDT
, mature children in their 30's and 40's don't have to. the difference is is what they put their life on the line for was to ensure that the freedom and liberty and vibrancy of this country goes forward. and we're taking a little pocketknife to one of the legs of the three-legged stool with our actions and slowly nibbling the support of that leg. we're taking it away by our very action. mr. nelson: madam president, i'd like to respond to my friend. mr. coburn: if i could finish? we're going to say that the financial condition of the country doesn't matter. we're going to say that it doesn't matter if the $1 billion we're spending a year are already on veterans job training programs. it doesn't matter. we're going to say here's a year's program of jobs for 20,000 veterans and it's going to trump everything else. you know, you wouldn't have any objection from this senator if you actually really paid for this, one; if you didn't violate paygo, and you really did it in a way that oversighted the president's job training programs that we had, and you really did it the way that matches the int
Sep 21, 2012 2:00am EDT
the first time in 50 s in this body we have not taken up the defense authorization bill. we're in a war. we continue to have attacks on american citizens. americans' national security is at risk. and we can't even do enough for the men and women who are serving to pass legislation that is so vital to their future and their ability to defend this nation? shameful. ms. ayotte: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new hampshire. ms. ayotte: our troops are fighting and being attacked in afghanistan. iran marches toward the capability of having a nuclear weapon, terrorists have you had inned our diplomats. innocent civilians are being murdered in syria by a despotic regime. mr. president, the world is a dangerous place. president obama, stop leading from behind. president obama, lead an effort. right in our military faces devastating cuts that your own secretary of defense said we'd be shooting ourselves in the head, that webbed undermining our national security for generations. we heard what's happed happening in the world. lead, be the commander in chief. your leaders
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